Jacksonville Maritime Museum

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Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center, also known as Jacksonville Maritime Museum
Jacksonville Maritime Museum is located in Central Jacksonville
Jacksonville Maritime Museum
Location within Central Jacksonville
Established 1985 by Fred Sandberg, David Swan, Robert Parrish, and Monica Anguili
Location Jacksonville, Florida
Coordinates 30°19′29″N 81°39′34″W / 30.324844°N 81.659498°W / 30.324844; -81.659498
Type Non-Profit
Director Paul Ghiotto
Curator Paul Ghiotto
Public transit access Bus: P3, SS35, WS2, Riverside Trolly
Monorail: Central Station
  Northbank Line
  Southbank Line
Website jacksonvillemaritimeheritagecenter.org

The Jacksonville Maritime Museum (JMM) - now known as the Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center - tells the maritime history of Jacksonville, Florida, USA, and the First Coast through its connection to the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. Its collection includes large scale models of ships from the Mayflower to present day vessels, as well as paintings, photographs and artifacts dating to 1562.[1]


The Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center began as the Jacksonville Maritime Museum in 1987 and is operated by the Jacksonville Maritime Museum Society, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Its goal is to provide a resource that illustrates the local impact of maritime trade and the many aspects of the maritime environment.

The Jacksonville Landing allowed the museum to use unoccupied retail space to display their collection of large scale model ships for seven years, beginning in 1990. Then Society President Lockhart explained, "Every time they would get a new tenant, they would move us to another empty space." That situation occurred five times in seven years. In mid-November, 1997, the museum was given seven days to vacate in preparation for a new tenant. "This time, they just ran out of empty space," commented Lockhart. Many exhibits were put into storage or loaned.[2]

Museum on the Riverwalk before returning to the Landing in 2011

Beginning in 1993, their primary facility was located in a 1500 sq.ft² enclosed pavilion on the South bank of the Jacksonville Riverwalk, near Friendship Fountain. It remained there for nearly 18 years until it returned to the Jacksonville Landing and reopened in January, 2011.

The new location is on the ground floor, east side, and accommodates the display of more items. Ship models that were loaned out for display at other places were returned to the Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center. The space includes an interactive children's display and a theatre with seating for 60.[3]

Heavy cruiser USS Louisville

The museum houses hundreds of artifacts and includes permanent exhibits on the USS Saratoga (CV-60) and Napoleon B. Broward’s Three Friends Tugboat.[4] Popular exhibits include St. Johns Riverboats, Shipbuilding in Jacksonville and the RMS Titanic diorama.

The largest model formerly on display in the museum was that of the World War II U. S. Navy heavy cruiser, the USS Louisville (CA-28). The 18-foot model was loaned to Jacksonville by its builder, Ray Arthur, then given to the Frazier Museum after the JMM declared it surplus to its needs.


  1. ^ Chapin, Veronica: [1] Florida Times-Union, May 27, 1998-Maritime museum on Web
  2. ^ Daniels, Earl: [2] Florida Times-Union, November 15, 1997-Museum cut adrift by Landing
  3. ^ "Jacksonville Maritime Museum Moves to Landing" First Coast News, March 28, 2011
  4. ^ [3] Jacksonville Maritime Museum website, Exhibits, 3 friends

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